Dinner in the Sky
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Dinner in the Sky

On Friday under a gloweringly grey Brussels ‘summer’ sky I joined 21 others to dangle off a giant crane at 50 metres altitude on the Mont des Arts to eat Michelin starred food whilst tightly strapped to a table, at the incredibly kind invitation of American Express for Dinner in the Sky. I can’t pretend I … Continue reading

Silent Saturday
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Silent Saturday

So, I’ve just read this book (yes, I occasionally do something other than eat and bitch, shut up) and I want to tell you about it.     It’s a thriller set in the sleepy, prosperous expat-filled suburbs of Brussels. 17-year-old Veerle is stiflingly bored and sick of looking after her clingy, needy mother when … Continue reading

La Monnaie
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La Monnaie

I went backstage at La Monnaie opera yesterday for a feature and interviewed Peter de Caluwe, the director. He was completely lovely and electrically passionate about his job and about opera generally. He said this, which I found quite striking. “I went to a lousy cinema yesterday with a gut smell and I paid €10. For … Continue reading

Prehistoric DIY
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Prehistoric DIY

The Brussels Natural Sciences Museum – apart from being living proof that Belgium basically INVENTED THE DINOSAUR – often has brilliant exhibitions. For anyone dinosaur inclined, the permanent “Paléo-LAB” is well worth a visit sometime: it’s a sort of Generation Game with dinosaurs where you get, among other things, a box of enormous bones from which … Continue reading